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The Nation

The Chicago election board deprived an ally of Mayor Harold Washington of a simple majority in a hotly contested aldermanic election, throwing into doubt whether Washington could gain control of the City Council for the first time since his 1983 election. The Board of Elections Commissioners decided to count 10 write-in ballots for a minor candidate in the March 18 election, increasing the number of valid votes enough to pull Luis Gutierrez’s total below 50%. An aldermanic candidate must receive 50% of the vote plus one in order to avoid a runoff election.


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